Raiders re-sign OT Barnes (updated)


The Raiders re-signed offensive tackle Khalif Barnes on Saturday, according to ESPN’s John Clayton, which gives them a veteran option at right offensive tackle.

Barnes spent the past two seasons with the Raiders, primarily as a backup offensive lineman and an extra blocker on run plays. He also caught two passes last season, including one for a touchdown.

Clayton said the signing of Barnes came as a result of the Raiders being dissatisfied with what they gleaned from a long look at offensive tackle Jared Gaither on Friday. Gaither has missed the past 21 games because of foot and back injuries with the Baltimore Ravens.

“I was laughing everybody said we signed him,” Jackson said of Gaither. “I told you, we hadn’t. No, I mean, obviously when you check a guy out it goes back to the same thing. I want to make sure we’re putting healthy players out here. Nothing to him, he knows everything he knows to do. He’s just not where he needs to be to compete on a physical level all the time. But he’ll go back and keep working. It just didn’t work this time. So we’ll move to the next opportunity.”

Jackson didn’t rule out the possibility of signing Gaither at a later date.

“Right now, at this point in time, it just wasn’t the right fit, the right time right now,” Jackson said.

 Gaither Tweeted that things just didn’t work out.

Barnes isn’t eligible to practice with the Raiders until Aug. 4. Upon his return, he is expected to jump to the forefront of the battle for the right tackle spot occupied by Langston Walker last season.

Barnes did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Barnes’ starting history in the NFL consists of left tackle, when he started there for four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will compete against the likes of Joseph Barksdale and Alan Pelc until further notice.

The Raiders also checked into re-signing veteran offensive tackle Mario Henderson.


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  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Al is God.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    I m here!!

  • Al Davis is buyin the Groceries!

    Trent is a ok back up.

  • 89052RAIDER

    Something that is new this year is we have several players other teams would covet:
    Ford, Mcfadden, Wimbley, Mcclain, Veldeer, Bush, MS, Seymour, etc. I remember times in the past 8 years with rosters that had so few players that would have an impact elsewhere. Things have changed in that regard.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Edwards is an upgrade over Garbagekowski.

    Go Raiders!

  • Tricky70390

    Oh how I wish Gaither would be healthy, the Jared Wall would be unlike anything I’ve ever seen with two 6’8″ tackles pushing 340 pounds.

  • TerrapinRaider

    “The Raiders also checked into re-signing veteran offensive tackle Mario Henderson”

    What does that mean? He’s not signing? Clarification please.

    I do give you credit for staying away from the full varacity of Claytons report saying Barnes was signed to be the STARTER because Gaither failed the physcial. You played that one smartely and stayed away from totally committing to either sides of the story.

  • So, no Gaither and we pick up Trent Edwards. Now this is getting depressing.

  • At least Edwards is better than Frye, Boller, and Gradkowski.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Isn’t Vince Evans still in the building? Can he still be our back up? He was 50 last time he took a snap… Right?

  • Barns is a great keep. Can play power TE, and LT in the NFL, and can start at RT until Campbell or Barks is ready.

  • HairyBush

    Oh great Khalif Barnes, I guess I don’t have to worry about the line anymore.

  • ArmChair GM


    I need some of your good Vibes, cause my excitement is starting to fade.

    We lose the best corner in the league, and haven’t made ANY meaningful moves in free agency, NOT ONE!

    Still no definitive answer about Bush and Miller.

    I like the coaching choices with Hue Jackson, Wiz, Woodson, etc….but what exactly have we done to significantly IMPROVE the team ON THE FIELD over last season.

    I’m not an Eagle fan by ANY stretch of the imagination, but what they are doing in free agency is nothing short of IMPRESSIVE!

    What’s wrong with us?

  • Deja vu

    Barnes and T. Edwards are your 2 guys Al was talking about signing by letting Nnamdi go. Just joking fellas, these 2 guys are pocket change.

    I like Miller and hope he’s back for a fair price. His dueche bag agent needs to stop playing games and just get this done…

  • Texans cut that Nigerian guy that was supposedly being offered for Lechler.

  • HairyBush

    Did anyone watch NFL total access yesterday and see the segment with Mike Irvin? He is off the wagon I repeat he is off the wagon! That guy is a mess!

  • Deja vu

    Damn, this is crazy, and may add another if they deal Samuel!!

    AdamSchefter: As if they needed the help, Eagles now have two 2s, two 4s, two 5s and two 6s in 2012 draft. Talk about a well-run organization. [via Twitter]

  • Skip Bayless liked Cowboys and Aliens. He gave it a B+

  • plataynegro

    I like the Edwards deal, as long as he was cheap! Very accurate, check down type, that shouldn’t lose any games for us on his mistakes. Not a risk taker, but we can win with screens, slants, and hopefully underneath stuff to the TE (Miller!)


    Trent Edwards has arm strength, accuracy, intelligence and he’s 6 feet 4ins.
    Al, I think I’m with you on this one.


    17.Deja vu Says:
    July 30th, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    Damn, this is crazy, and may add another if they deal Samuel!!

    AdamSchefter: As if they needed the help, Eagles now have two 2s, two 4s, two 5s and two 6s in 2012 draft. Talk about a well-run organization. [via Twitter]


    Why do you think Aso joined ’em?

  • Raider J

    13. Be patient. This is still a team in transition.
    Here are some good vibes for you.

    k. barnes brings experience and depth to the OLine.
    z. miller and m. bush havent officially gone anywhere.
    there are plenty of vet WRs available.
    C. Schilens is healthy.
    J. Ford V12 will start for a full season
    The rookies seem good enough to contribute on O ,D & ST.
    Al prepared well for the loss of Nnamdi.
    j. campbell will bring his A game to earn a new contract.
    DMc is a BEEST!
    R. Seymour is leading the D
    Hue Jack City is getting everybody fired up.
    slight improvement on an inconsistent 2010 season
    = playoffs

  • Raider J

    Trent Edwards hmmmm a’ight for now I guess. 2011 #2-3 QB.
    Skillful but…
    37 games
    29 tds (pass + rush)
    30 ints
    14 fumbles (pass + rush)

  • beach

    That’s ashame about Gaither. He was a beast when healthy.

  • mcthompso

    Difference between the Raiders and the very good organizations is anticipation. Which is where those dynasty building teams are.

    Steelers: When people like Porter were ready to be gone and find high money, they had James Harrison ready to play.

    Patriots: when they lost corey dillon, they adapted to a pass happy offense. when they saw a guy like wes welker to compliment randy moss, which they got for peanuts, they created a new breed of wideout and picked him up.

    Colts: A few years before Marvin Harrison was worn down, they had Reggie Wayne already tearing it up.

    Hate to say it, but Chargers: They once had Drew Brees AND Philip Rivers on the same roster.LT__> Matthews, Tolbert, Sproles. New offense.

    etc. etc.

    The Raiders lose the best CB in football and a cornerstone of their team and get nothing in return. If we were these teams I mentioned above, we would have drafted the Chimdi Chekwas of the world 3 years ago, and had them ready to go TODAY.

  • mcthompso

    To add to the Steelers part of that—when Harrison is gone, they’ll have Ziggy Hood having a huge role on that defense, I bet.